Cannondale’s retro F-Si Throwback is achingly beautiful

They're not cheap, but the old-school paint job special editions are gorgeous

Red and yellow Cannondale F-Si

While we previewed Cannondale’s F-Si Throwback framesets when they were announced, we’ve now seen them in person at Sea Otter Europe.

Fashion is so often cyclical, you only have to walk through the ‘trendier’ areas of your local town or city to see non-ironic flashbacks to the eighties and nineties. So it’s no surprise that bike manufacturers are harking back to the good old days with some retro-inspired paint jobs.

The F-Si is Cannondale’s raciest of hardtails and this particular one comes equipped with a smattering of very, very lightweight parts.


There’s Cannondale’s Lefty Ocho fork, its Hollowgram TR carbon wheels with tan sidewall Onza Canis tyres, a SRAM XX1 groupset with a gripshift shifter (for extra retro, and extra lightweight) and Level TLR brakes, plus a load of carbon Cannondale finishing kit thrown in for good measure.